Dermatologists Dish on How to Treat and Correct Acne-Related Scarring

However mild or severe, frequent or infrequent, dealing with acne breakouts is a massive frustration in and of itself. Acne’s lingering effects — which includes stubborn spots that take months to fade and pitted pock marks — only add salt to the wound.

It’s not a simple or fast process, but the good news is that you can dramatically reduce acne-related scars and marks with over-the-counter and in-office treatments. We asked three dermatologists to lend their insight and advice to help you do just that.

Best Treatments For Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are medically called striae distensae. They are so common that nearly 88% of the population have them. There are so many reasons, which cause stretch marks such as puberty, pregnancy, hormonal shifts, weight loss etc.

These marks usually lighten with time and disappear. Sometimes they are stubborn and are permanently visible even after a long time. Here is when you need a remedy for stretch marks.

This article will explain stretch marks and the best way to reduce their appearance with easy treatment options.

Can Micro-Needling Really Make Acne Scars Disappear?

A dermatologist argues that micro-needling actually improves the look of acne scars — no matter your skin tone — by stimulating the repair and growth of collagen.

But you can’t really erase dark or rough acne scars with the available over-the-counter derma rollers, as their short 0.2 to 0.5 mm needle lengths can’t reach the scar tissue and repair it. For that, you’ll have to visit the dermatologist’s office or go to a medical spa where the 1.5 to 2 mm-long needles can penetrate through the scar tissue, break up the melanocytes that cause hyperpigmentation, and promote re-healing.

Microneedling to Treat Acne Scars in Patients With Dark Skin Color

Microneedling has been shown to be an effective treatment for both acne scars and the associated hyperpigmentation observed in patients with dark skin color, according to the results of a study conducted in the Department of Dermatology at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, and published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the improvement in pigmentation linked to acne scarring in patients with dark skin achieved by the use of microneedling. Secondary objectives included assessment of postacne scarring improvement and the safety of microneedling in pigmented skin.

The Classist Implications of ‘Bad Skin’

We treat not just the skin as bad, but the person under it. The problem is even though drinking water and using SPF and getting sleep helps, some people are just more prone to cystic acne or seborrheic dermatitis, the way others are prone to thick hair or small feet. But that hasn’t stopped us from moralizing any of those qualities and seeking to “improve” our own condition with anything available. And those resources typically become more available the more money you have.

Skin is at once an organ and a presentation, an issue of medicine and of cosmetics. So *insert bad high school essay voice* since the dawn of time, humankind has sought to have “good” skin. Whether it was Romans using a paste made with barley flour, Indians changing their diets based on ayurvedic practices, or the French covering up smallpox scars and sores caused by the lead in their face makeup with beauty patches, we tried to either get rid of perceived blemishes or cover them up.

How to Deal with Acne as an Adult

Most people believe that acne is only a problem that affects teenagers. However, statistics have shown that adult, particularly adult women, still struggle to various degrees with this condition.

Doctors cannot yet clearly pinpoint the cause of acne in adult women but they believe that it is a mix of changing hormones, of increased stress levels and that it is influenced by their diets.

5 Dermatologist-Approved Pre-Wedding Beauty Treatments to Try Now

When it comes to wedding prep, brides-to-be pay close attention to their beauty regimen, trading in their one-step cleansing routines for an array of products that promise glowing skin by their wedding day. And for those who really want to step up their skincare game, there are the splurge-worthy beauty treatments at the dermatologist’s office. From lasers to microneedling, the skin-perfecting options are seemingly endless, so we chatted with some of our favorite dermatologists to see what beauty treatments are trending among their bride-to-be clientele.

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dermatologist to decide on a treatment that meets your needs, but below are some dermatologist-approved beauty treatments that are ideal for brides.